Our followers who are starting out with the Arduino platform or those who aren't sure about the versatile 74HC595 shift register will find the following by Arduino enthusiast "Winkle Ink" of great interest. He's created a simple driving game using an 8x8 LED matrix for a display. It's a simple "dodge the wall"-style game that was often created by young programmers and can be reproduced neatly with an Arduino. It uses the shift registers to control the LED matrix, and a potentiometer is used to control the direction of the "car", for example:
Although it's quite simple, you can learn from the example and still have some selfish fun. So visit the project page for more information. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
The tutorial in the link uses 74HC595 shift registers, and instead of working with fragile DIP-package versions - consider our EXPAND: shift register module. Containing the 74HC595, nifty blue power LED and labelled pinouts, it's easier to use and physically stronger for constant prototyping. For more information and to order, visit the product page.